Do I have to go to court for my traffic ticket?

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by David Shurman Whether you must appear in court depends on the type of violation.  You may always appear in court to challenge your ticket or to plead guilty to the charges.  Certain traffic offenses may be handled without going to court by paying the fine and court costs prior to the court date listed on your citation. These traffic …

Should I Make a Statement to the Police?

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by David Shurman, Criminal Defense Attorney with Freeman & Associates The short answer is NO!  If you are the subject of a criminal investigation, being held for an interrogation, or placed under arrest, do not make any statements to the police. You should first consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help guide you through the criminal investigation …

How Do You Expunge a Criminal Record?

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by David Shurman, Criminal Defense Attorney for Freeman & Associates Expungement refers to a legal process that destroys your criminal record as though it never happened, although in some cases a copy of the record may remain available to judicial and law enforcement officials for potential use in future court cases. In some states the terms sealing and expungement are …

Can Immigration Officials Freeze Bank Accounts?

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by David Sherman, Criminal Defense Attorney with Freeman & Associates The immigration judge only has jurisdiction over immigration issues  and the removal order issued by an immigration judge will not authorize the federal government to freeze or seize you assets and bank accounts UNLESS the money in your accounts is due to some type of criminal activity or being used …

How Guardianship Works

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Sometimes you run out of time to ‘plan ahead’ when it comes to someone’s decision making authority. If someone takes a quick turn for the worse and is suddenly no longer  able to act in his or her own best interest, then a guardianship will become necessary. This process requires an experienced elder law attorney.  “A guardian is a court-appointed …

What are digital assets and how are they addressed in an estate plan?

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Many attorneys now include provisions for digital assets in every estate plan created.  What are Digital Assets? “Electronic records cover a lot of assets – from your online accounts (social media, bank accounts, blogs, retail accounts) to information stored online or in a cloud such as your iTunes library, photos and digital books. Digital assets also includes your electronic devices, …

Who Decides When a Senior Resident Needs a Higher Level of Care?

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by Brad Breeding Continuing care retirement communities, often referred to as CCRCs or “life plan communities,” provide residents who are living independently today with access to a full spectrum of care services that may be necessary in the future, including assisted living, memory care, and/or skilled nursing care. But this leads to a couple of questions from prospective residents: “Who …

What Happens to a Person’s Social Media Accounts When He/She Dies?

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by Digital Care.org Have you ever wondered what will happen to your social media accounts after you die? What Happens to Social Media Accounts After You Die: FACEBOOK While it’s up to your family or friends to notify Facebook about an account of a deceased person in order to memorialize it, you can assign a legacy contact to manage your …

Charitable Planning

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by  American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys We give to charity out of our compassion for others. These good actions can also save significant taxes. Fortunately, the Internal Revenue Code provides many tax saving  benefits for charitable donations. Careful and thoughtful individuals often desire and can financially benefit from sophisticated charitable planning. Available strategies afford more flexibility and control than …

Do Frequent Flier Miles Expire When You Do?

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by Thompson McMullen Accumulated frequent flier miles can be valuable assets, but what happens to those miles after someone dies?  Can a spouse or other heirs inherit them, or do the miles simply evaporate like a contrail? The answer to whether they can be inherited depends on the airline, but consumer experts say that even if the airline’s official policy …